Since its beginning, the festival has featured German food (specially made brats served on homemade rolls, sauerkraut, hot German potato salad, and taste-tempting desserts). We also have arts and crafts booths, kids’ games of all kinds, bingo, a cake walk, a petting zoo, a silent auction, etc.
The first two years, we held the festival in November, but we learned that November proved to be too cold for an outdoor festival. We decided to change the date to the second Saturday in October. It has proved to be a very good time for us. The weather is generally perfect for a festival held out of doors.
A tradition that we have kept is having all of the volunteers gather in a circle, hold hands, and pray before the festival begins. In the ten years of the festival’s existence, we have had rain only once, and then it rained before the festival began but cleared up for the rest of the day.
Each year, after the festival, we have a wrap-up meeting. We discuss the problems that we encountered and share suggestions about how to make the festival better. As a result, the basic components of the festival have remained the same, but we have dropped things that have not worked and added new things as they were suggested.